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CRYSTAL LAKE — Benjamin Allison, 20, of Crystal Lake, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) in Normal from injuries suffered in an automobile-pedestrian accident.

He was born July 26, 1994, in Royal Oak, Mich., the son of Timothy E. and Melissa A. Smith Allison. He took an active interest in hockey at age 3, and at age 4 started playing hockey in Birmingham, Mich. In 2005, the family moved to Crystal Lake, where he started the sixth grade.

Ben played hockey for the Barrington Red Wings a year, then the Crystal Lake Leafs until entering high school. At Crystal Lake South High School, he was a member of the hockey team, graduating in 2012. Following high school, he followed his passion and played for the Dells Ducks. In 2013, he attended McHenry County Community College and became an assistant hockey coach at Crystal Lake South.

In the fall of 2014, he enrolled at Illinois State University, Normal, majoring in broadcast communications. He applied for and was chosen to be a radio personality at the university and recently had been promoted to assistant director for the traffic department at WZND radio.

Ben also had taken an interest in refereeing hockey over the years, beginning at age 12, and had been chosen to be a member of the USA Hockey development program. Ben was very athletic, enjoyed his family, friends and hedgehogs, as well as his Xbox.

He is survived by parents, Tim and Melissa Allison, Crystal Lake; his grandparents, Steve (Maureen) Smith, Clawson, Mich., and Fred M. Allison, Grand Blanc, Mich.; several aunts and uncles; many cousins; and his loving girlfriend, Melissa Warder.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, all at Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ben Allison’s Legacy, directed for hockey scholarships.

DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, Huntley, is assisting the family. For more information, call 847-515-8772, or condolences can be directed to

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